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6 things you probably don't know about Android

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6 things you probably don't know about Android
Android made its public debut in September 2008 on the T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream smartphone, thus being 6 years (and 1 month!) old now. Who would have thought, 6 years ago, that this would grow to become the world’s leading smartphone platform before the end of 2010? Not many, if anyone at all. And yet it did happen - thanks to Google’s influence and financial power.

Although Android is the most used mobile OS on the planet, there are plenty of things that most people don't know about it. Right now, we're not going to talk about hidden software features or anything like that. Instead, we'll take a look at some general facts that you probably weren't aware of. Check them out in the slideshow below:

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posted on 27 Oct 2014, 00:15 4

1. Planterz (Posts: 2012; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I knew all of those except for the last about the origin of the logo. I also didn't know that the logo itself was open "source". So I guess all those T-shirts on eBay aren't counterfeit after all.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 06:45 1

20. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Same here.

The fastest growing, well even tho some say WP because its said in articles.....IMO thats just a common sense one there. Anytime market share doesn't fall while still selling lots n lots of different phones....common sense.

About being on lots of diverse devices....I just said the other day Android has a head start for convergence vs MS.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 21:56 1

33. sgodsell (Posts: 3224; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Such propaganda from Microsoft. Considering the public was first introduced to WP at MWC back in February 2010. So this February will be 5 years and WP still has a tiny fraction of the smart phone market share.

posted on 28 Oct 2014, 10:26

34. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


lol...Exactly. So many ppl eat it up tho. Fastest growing at some specific metric does not equal fastest growing overall.

Seeing how MS spins Xbox One sales...its not surprising. I used to give them the benefit of the doubt, but Xbox One sales talks convinced me.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 00:24 1

2. Techfriend (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Android

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 03:06

14. aksa123 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


One question : why did they choose the name android ??

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 06:37 3

19. Captain_Doug (Posts: 990; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Andy Rubin's nickname.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 00:25 8

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


The second one is the most interesting thing, android literally ate everyone! That symbian official statement is funny indeed.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 02:11 2

12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3713; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yeah, nothing is permanent.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 00:35 5

4. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Android is awesome~~~ very diverse and open.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 00:57

5. cnour (Posts: 565; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


The most important feature of Android is: trying to be like iOS without success.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 01:06 22

7. Planterz (Posts: 2012; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


What an iDiotic statement.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 01:50 10

11. dimas (Posts: 1896; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Don't push him. Apple followers will always declare holy war with non-apple users. They consider most devices as heretics to their god phones.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 04:23 3

15. gziegfrid (Posts: 33; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Not all apple users. I'm an iPad user. But I am giving it to android. For me every time I hear the world Android it means Innovation.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 04:54

17. cnour (Posts: 565; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


The non-apple users do not exist for us. They did not know till now what is a real phone and a real tablet.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 07:12 13

24. jmonteiro829 (Posts: 180; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Morpheus: The Apple is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

cnour: What truth?

Morpheus: That you are a slave, cnour. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 13:34 1

32. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


LMFAO, well played Sir +1

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 01:48 6

10. dimas (Posts: 1896; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Applelogist detected. Android is not competing with Apple in terms of target market. Apple is too 'premium and 'exclusive' that it gives people the illusion that they're holding a special device while being ripped off.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 02:11 7

13. o0Exia0o (Posts: 895; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


BAHAHAHAHAHA! YOU GOT JOKES! You do realize that iOS has coppied more things from Android than Android has from iOS, RIGHT? Or are you just iBrainwashed that much?

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 06:48 1

21. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


If you really think Android isnt having success.... You must work for Apple.

Its ironic tho that Android was in the exact same boat as the iPhone....some, many underestimated it, they both grew in the same amount of time to be #1 in market share.

Just give props where its due.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 07:19 3

25. infinitykush (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Aug 2014)


Actually iOS is becoming Android so in the end it's a huge success for Android.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 00:59 9

6. bbblader (Posts: 588; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Never knew you had ti pay Apple to be a dev. It sucks to know they are all getting screwed over just help Apple

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 01:12 1

8. Planterz (Posts: 2012; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Android, being open source, doesn't charge to be a developer since anyone can do it, but if you want your app/game to be in the Play Store, you do have to pay to play.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 04:47 3

16. uktel3315 (Posts: 29; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


But you can develop and host your app in your own site for free. And you can download and install app from anywhere. The charge that you pay is to host your application in Play store.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 08:04 1

28. Guti986 (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)


and its only one time charge of $25 at that. Not bad.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 06:55 1

22. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I just found that out recently. Also shocked me to learn every iPhone can be used as a dev phone.

Good on one hand that every phone is a dev phone, bad that the price is so high to dev for iOS..

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 11:32 1

30. makeitTim (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Oct 2014)


Developing an app costs way more than $99, and you should hope to be selling more than you spent. A minimum investment of $99 to start putting things on the app store is more than reasonable.

The 30% on all sales is where Apple gets you.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 01:45 3

9. dimas (Posts: 1896; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Now I'm wondering what happened to Samsung's Bada Touchscreen OS.

"Anyone can use and modify the green Android robot to their heart’s will, under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license." Even their logo represent their OS' freedom for customization.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 05:41 2

18. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


The shear popularity in 6 years is a modern day success story.

Android deserves the praise. In the beginning, I was reluctant to switch over to Android. It took me a year to decide. While the first couple years had me questioning my decision, the last two years have avenged my questions. Android has become the most comprehensive platform in the world and it is understandable why the world has chosen it.

Congrats Google!

John B.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 06:57 1

23. razraptre (Posts: 168; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


If it's free to develop for Windows Phone I don't see what's stopping people from doing so? If you can pay $99 for iOS, surely you can spare some extra time and port it to WP8?

Last I checked they also provide free tools and softwares to help devs.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 08:00

26. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


You do realize you left it open for folks to criticize, troll WP...

I gave a thumbs up because you are right tho.

Has to be popularity and market share. Ask Nintendo about that and the Wii U...granted Nintendo and 3rd party developers is a big issue, and probably developiong for the Wii U is a headache vs the competition....but even those that do make games for it, stop the next time.

Some go as far as announcing they wont be making X game for the Wii U anytime soon...

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 11:28 1

29. makeitTim (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Oct 2014)


Porting to WP costs a lot more than $99, and usually much more than return from sales. iOS apps make so much more money that it usually makes more sense to work on the next iOS app than bother porting something to WP. Windows is unattractive to cross platform native dev too, because they don't use the same OpenGL graphics that Android, iOS, and BlackBerry (not to mention PlayStation) use. We write C++/OpenGL code that basically runs on everything except WP.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 08:03

27. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And its funny reading that quote about Linux.....I wonder how many think about Linux was supposed to be the next big thing for desktops years ago....and here it is thee biggest thing in mobile phones...

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 13:23

31. somad (Posts: 169; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


I love material design. . Any idea when galaxy note 3 will get the lollipop.

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